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Having a perfect morning routine is crucial for success. It should give you a rush of energy and lots of motivation to face the day’s challenges. More than anything, your morning routine should be something enjoyable, something that puts a smile on your face and makes you jump out of bed every morning, even on bleak December days.
If you start off on the wrong foot, groggy and ill-tempered, you are likely to continue in the same spirit for the rest of the day. If you kick off with positive energy, then the day ahead is bound to be more fulfilling.
To help you devise your perfect morning routine, we have compiled a number of ideas you can try. Keep in mind that these activities needn’t be long – an effective strategy is to pick several that work for you and make it a habit.
Drink a glass of water with lemon
Begin your day with a glass of water with several drops of lemon. This will give your immune system a boost and supply you with your daily dose of potassium. Moreover, lemons have a range of other positive effects on our bodies - they flush out toxins, freshen your breath, help you lose weight. A useful little hack that you can do in under 5 minutes.
Do a Short Workout
Do you have trouble summoning enough energy in the morning? If you wake up feeling heavy and dispirited, a 10- or 15-minute workout can come as a lifesaver. Free Android apps like the 30 Day Fitness Challenge can help you maintain motivation and guide you slowly towards better results.
You’ll find both full-body workouts and exercises aimed at toning specific body parts. As long as it keeps you going, either is great.
Watch a Motivational Video
Motivation can be difficult to sustain. One day you accomplish your daily tasks with a sense of purpose, the next you feel uninspired. What could get you going when you hit a low point are lectures from some of the most inspiring and accomplished people in the world (try TED Talks, for example). These talks tend not only to be instructive but also hugely entertaining and they last from 10 to 20 minutes on average. Squeezing in one a day can easily slip into a habit.
You surely remember your mum pestering you about skipping breakfast in high school. Annoying as it might have been, breakfast is probably the only thing on this list that is essential for everyone. Eating a nutritious, protein-packed meal early in the morning gives your metabolism a boost and keeps you from overeating during the day. Even on the busiest of days, you need to make time for a bowl of cereal, a breakfast bar or something more exotic like avocado toast with a fried egg. If you still have your doubts, why not try out something new, like tasty Optifast shakes?
Create a Fun Activity To-Do List
In the fast-paced world, we are living in, lives get hectic and time becomes an invaluable resource. Planning activities you want to do on your own or with friends allows you to make the best of each day and make some long-term plans that are just about having fun. No obligations or irksome people on this list, please! Plan activities for letting off steam and unwinding.
Meditate for 10 Minutes
Meditation promotes well-being and concentration by having you concentrate on your inner being. Its benefits range from relaxation and improving your focus to cutting stress and increasing self-awareness. Even a short stretch every morning is a guaranteed mood-booster.
There is no fool-proof morning routine that works for everyone. Mix and match these ideas to find out what gets you going and then stick to it.
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